Attorney Jessica S. Allen
Jessica S. Allen is an accomplished litigator with extensive experience in both federal and state court. Her diverse practice focuses significantly on employment, consumer fraud, commercial, and class actions. She has represented both employees/plaintiffs and employers/defendants in a wide array of litigation matters, including workplace harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation/whistleblower, fraudulent marketing of opioid drugs, and breach of contract cases.
In addition to her diverse litigation practice, Ms. Allen has conducted a wide array of internal workplace investigations ranging from allegations of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and fraud as well as internal controls compliance for companies, public entities, and non-profit organizations.
She also serves as an Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association where she handles a wide range of employment matters.
Professional Accomplishments in New Jersey Law
Jessica brings to the firm a wealth of experience in both the public and private sectors. She has served as an Assistant Attorney General in the New Jersey Office of Attorney General where she managed Deputy Attorneys General in the Government and Healthcare Fraud and the Consumer Fraud Sections within the Division of Law’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ALE) Practice Group. In her role, Jessica was responsible for overseeing all civil investigations and prosecutions of violations of the New Jersey False Claims Act and the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.
Before managing the ACE Practice Group, Jessica oversaw the work of the Employment Litigation Section as well as the Correction and State Police Section. She supervised Deputy Attorneys General while she represented and regularly provided advice to State agency clients in a wide range of federal and state court employment and section 1983 civil rights matters. She also argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court in the landmark case, Aguas v. State of New Jersey, 220 N.J. 494 (2015).
Jessica first honed her litigation and trial skills as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of New Jersey. For five years, she handled both civil and criminal cases. She litigated employment, tort and immigration cases on behalf of federal agencies. She also routinely counseled federal agencies on affirmative action policies and employee personnel issues. As a federal prosecutor, Jessica investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of federal offenses, including mortgage fraud, bank fraud, identity theft, credit card fraud, narcotics and firearms possession. Jessica successfully argued multiple times before the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Jessica clerked for former United States Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo, elevated to United States District Court Judge for the District of New Jersey as well as former United States Magistrate Judge Ronald J. Hedges for the District Court of New Jersey.
Awards and Recognition
Jessica has also played a prominent role in the legal community. She is the Immediate Past President of the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association, which has more than one thousand members. She is the 2014 recipient of the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. In 2013, she was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Complimentary Dispute Resolution for the 2013-2015 term. She also is an Executive Board Member of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
- “A Preview of Proposed EEOC Enforcement Guidance and Effects of #MeToo,” New Jersey Law Journal, March 2018
- 1996 graduate of Seton Hall University School of Law
- 1992 cum laude graduate of Rutgers University
- New Jersey, 1996
- New York, 1997
- District of New Jersey, 1996
- Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1998